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President Weah Accepts Minister Findley’s ResignationBy: Ruzii James II (July 28, 2020 - Monrovia, Liberia): The Preside...
28/07/2020

President Weah Accepts Minister Findley’s Resignation

By: Ruzii James II

(July 28, 2020 - Monrovia, Liberia): The President of the Republic, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, has accepted the resignation of Foreign Affairs Minister Gbehzohngar M. Findley. The resignation takes effect Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

In the letter of resignation dated July 27, 2020, Minister Findley thanked President Weah for affording him the opportunity to serve his country as Foreign Affairs Minister. He said he enjoyed, and was pleased with, President Weah’s confidence, cooperation and support.

“My service in the Coalition administration has afforded me the opportunity to work with some very remarkable personalities internationally, locally and within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. And I am very grateful,” he said in his resignation letter to Dr. Weah.

“I owe you a debt of gratitude for affording me the opportunity to serve and implement your administration’s agenda,” the former Foreign Minister further told President Weah. “You can rest assured, Mr. President, of my unflinching support as my leaving the Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not suggest me leaving my commitment to the Coalition for Democratic Change. I also count on your support as I embark on this journey of seeking to re-enter the Liberian Senate.”

Mr. Findley, who was confirmed by the Liberian Senate on February 22, 2018 following his appointment by President Weah, was recently petitioned on by the elders and people of Grand Bassa County to contest the senatorial seat of that county during the forthcoming mid-term elections in December.

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11/07/2020

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Another Deadly Virus Bubonic Plague hits China—Chinese authorities confirms case of bubonic plague in Inner MongoliaJuly...
09/07/2020

Another Deadly Virus Bubonic Plague hits China—Chinese authorities confirms case of bubonic plague in Inner Mongolia

July 9, 2020
By Ruzii James II
[email protected]

According to the CNN, In the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia, a city is on high alert. On Tuesday, they confirmed a case of a disease that has persisted centuries after it caused the most deadly pandemic in human history -- the bubonic plague.

The case was first discovered in the city of Bayannur, located northwest of Beijing, according to state-run Xinhua news agency. A hospital alerted municipal authorities of the suspected case on Saturday. By Sunday, local authorities had issued a citywide Level 3 warning for plague prevention, the second lowest in a four-level system.
The warning will stay in place until the end of the year, according to Xinhua.

The case was confirmed and officially diagnosed by doctors on Tuesday. The patient is being isolated and treated in hospital, and is in stable condition, Xinhua reported.

Plague, caused by bacteria and transmitted through flea bites and infected animals, killed an estimated 50 million people in Europe during the Black Death pandemic in the Middle Ages. Modern antibiotics can prevent complications and death if administered quickly enough.

Bubonic plague, which is one of plague's three forms, causes painful, swollen lymph nodes, as well as fever, chills, and coughing.

Bayannur health authorities are now urging people to take extra precautions to minimize the risk of human-to-human transmission, and to avoid hunting, skinning or eating animals that could cause infection.

"At present, there is a risk of a human plague epidemic spreading in this city. The public should improve its self-protection awareness and ability, and report abnormal health conditions promptly," the local health authority said, according to state-run newspaper China Daily.

Bayannur authorities warned the public to report findings of dead or sick marmots -- a type of large ground squirrel that is eaten in some parts of China and the neighboring country Mongolia, and which have historically caused plague outbreaks in the region.

The marmot is believed to have caused the 1911 pneumonic plague epidemic, which killed about 63,000 people in northeast China. It was hunted for its fur, which soared in popularity among international traders.

The diseased fur products were traded and transported around the country -- infecting thousands along the way.

Though that epidemic was contained within a year, marmot-related plague infections have persisted decades later. Just last week, two cases of bubonic plague were confirmed in Mongolia -- brothers who had both eaten marmot meat, according to Xinhua.

On Monday, authorities identified another suspected case of bubonic plague in Mongolia -- a 15-year-old who had eaten marmot, according to Xinhua.

Last May, a couple in Mongolia died from bubonic plague after eating the raw kidney of a marmot, thought to be a folk remedy for good health. Two more people got pneumonic plague -- another form of the disease, which infects the lungs -- months later across the Chinese border in

The advent of antibiotics, which can treat most infections if they are caught early enough, has helped to contain plague outbreaks, preventing the type of rapid spread witnessed in Europe in the Middle Ages.

"While plague causes severe illness, if it is recognized promptly then it can be easily treated with antibiotics and patients will make a full recovery," said Jimmy Whitworth, a professor of public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. "The press reports indicate that this is the case in Inner Mongolia now, suggesting that there is no risk to public health."

Dr. Michael Head, senior research fellow of global health at the University of Southampton, said the case would "be of concern locally within Inner Mongolia."
"However, it is not going to become a global threat like we have seen with Covid-19," he added.

But while modern medicine can treat the plague, it has not eliminated it entirely -- and it has made a recent comeback, leading the World Health Organization (WHO) to categorize it as a re-emerging disease.

Anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 people get the plague every year, according to the WHO. But that total is likely too modest an estimate, since it doesn't account for unreported cases.

Every year, between 1,000 to 2,000 people get the plague -- including about 7 in the US
According to 2016 data, the possibility of plague exists on almost every continent, especially the western US, parts of Brazil, scattered areas in southeast Africa and large swaths of China, India and the Middle East.

The three most endemic countries -- meaning plague exists there permanently -- are the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, and Peru.

In the United States, there have been anywhere from a few to a few dozen cases of plague every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2015, two people in Colorado died from the plague, and the year before there were eight reported cases in the state.

But unless you live among a great deal of wild, disease-carrying rodents, your odds of infection in the US are slim.

Untreated bubonic plague can turn into the more fatal pneumonic plague, which causes rapidly developing pneumonia after bacteria spreads to the lungs.

Report Says Representative Munah Pelham Youngblood is Dead!!!Details to follow..
08/07/2020

Report Says Representative Munah Pelham Youngblood is Dead!!!
Details to follow..

Concerns raises as $4 Billion  Liberian Dollars Banknotes Arrive in Country to Ease Liquidity Pressure the Liberian Econ...
08/07/2020

Concerns raises as $4 Billion Liberian Dollars Banknotes Arrive in Country to Ease Liquidity Pressure the Liberian Economy is Faced With
July 8, 2020

By: Ruzii James II
+231881964752
[email protected]

MONROVIA – The Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has announced the secure arrival of additional L$4 billion banknotes to ease the liquidity pressures that the Liberian economy had been faced with recently.

In a release issued by the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Tuesday, July 7, the additional banknotes were safely secured in the vaults of the CBL Headquarters on July 7, 2020.


The release further stated that the CBL in collaboration with Kroll, will work in few days to come to undertake a full technical validation process of the new banknotes to ensure that they comply with the contractual specifications.

Prior to printing the additional Liberian Dollar banknotes, the banking system is said to have experienced dire liquidity problems, including mutilated banknotes and insufficient bank notes in the banking system to meet depositors’ demand for cash.

Kroll Associates, Inc. (Kroll), a global provider of risk solutions and principally a global investigative firm, was engaged, as part of a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) technical assistance program to the CBL, to ensure that the procurement process surrounding the printing of the additional Liberian Dollar banknotes was open and transparent, and that the shipment of the new banknotes from the printer to the CBL’s vaults was secure.

Meanwhile, some Citizens have expressed concerns over the printing and subsequent deliveries of these banknotes by the Liberian government in the name of easing the pressure of liquidity on the Liberian economy without clearing the doubt of its citizens on the past printed $16Billion Liberian dollars banknotes that was quote unquote missing and the $25Million that was infused into the economy in recent time without Clearer understanding.

“What happened to the $16billion in question that sparked up concerns like wild fire and the 25million mup-up money... the government must account for the past money before printing another money” A caller lamented.

—More details to follow subsequently—

Maryland—AfDB US$430K Modern Market In Pleebo Finally Completed, Poised For DedicationBy: A. Kwia Wisner+231888968491/77...
08/07/2020

Maryland—AfDB US$430K Modern Market In Pleebo Finally Completed, Poised For Dedication

By: A. Kwia Wisner
+231888968491/779062099
[email protected]

PLEEBO, Citizens are overwhelmed of the newly constructed modern market structure in Pleebo to boost the county's economy.

The US$430,424.88 market project is funded by the African Development Bank through the Smallholder Agriculture Productivity Enhancement and Commercialization (SAPEC) project, in partnership with Liberia's Ministry of Agriculture (MOA).

The contractor, JusMart Engineers has in recent time completed and turned over to the local government, the biggest business hub ever to be constructed in Maryland.

It can be recalled that Maryland County assistant superintendent for development, Hon. Robin Scott has sometimes in May 2019 led an array of local government officials, representatives of nongovernmental organizations and civil society actors for the ground breaking of the regional commercial hub.

The newly completed gigantic structure is among several other development projects that were earmarked to be dedicated by the president of the Republic of Liberia, Amb. George Manneh Weah during his postponed national tour due to the Corona virus outbreak in the country.

The Liberian leader was also expected to dedicate phase one of the Harper-Fish Town Road Project (Harper to Karloken 50KM) and the Hardwood (One Two, One Two) junction to the Liberian-Ivorian Pedebo Border 16 KM asphalt paved roads constructed by the China Railway No.5 Engineering Company with funding from the African Development Bank.

The structure which contains storage facilities, toilets, play ground for children, water facilities, offices including numerous stalls for food crops and dry goods and 52 stores at its second floor for quality goods among others, stands as a central commercial point for the people of Maryland, Grand Kru, River Gee and the neighbouring Ivory Coast.

William Oldpa Griffiths, An inhabitant of Pleebo is among several others who gave testimonies.
"This is the first in the history of Pleebo. I'm very happy to see this market building in my district," he narrated.

For her part, Maryland County Coordinator for Women In Peace building Network (WIPNET) Madame Joan Taylor described the hub as a relief to Marylanders, but called on the Liberia Marketing Association to properly maintain the building.

Madam Taylor believes that if the building is properly maintained, it will help increase its life span.

At the same time, a 77 year-old Christina Tarr opined that if the purpose of the building must be achieved, young people, especially women must get on their heels for food crops production.

The mother of 12 who said she supported her children in private schools from the sale of fufu and rice bread disclosed that for many decades, the people of Pleebo and surrounding communities had suffered under the rain and sun to survive due to the lack of quality market building to accommodate them.

In a joyous mood, a resident of the Zone 4, James W. Wallace, Jr. Expressed gratitude to the government of Liberia and funding partners for the project. "I am very happy to be alive and see such a huge structure to benefit our children. I want to say a big thanks to president Weah, his government and all those who helping the government to develop our country Liberia." He ended.

In like manner, the African Development Bank (AfDB) in 2019, under its "MRU Road Transport Programme" had completed and turned over to the Liberian government a US$158,669.17 market building situated along the Pedebo Border to promote cross border trade with the Ivory Coast.

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